When hate hits home.

As the family equality movement continues to make strides, with
legislative victories and growing support in polls, it’s important
to remind ourselves that though we’ve come far, there is still a
long way to go.

This morning, I received an email from a family near and dear to
our hearts. A friend of the family was searching Facebook’s groups,
and discovered an anti-LGBT adoption group. The family’s defaced
portrait was being used as the group’s cover image. “It distresses
us beyond words and caused both of us to literally become sick to
our stomachs,” the family said. “We are now in the process of
getting Facebook to take down the unauthorized use of our family’s
photo and have the site/account removed for abuse. We live in a
sometimes very frightening world.”

Frightening indeed. The group has some 177 members and a
description that reads: “There is just no way to take a child away
from a natural single parent.”

Among the disturbing comments posted on the groups page are: “Gay
adoption is just a selfish act. If you are gay and choose to live
with a same-sex partner, you cannot have children. End of.”

If you care to view the Facebook group, click here.

While we have made great strides in this movement, the fight for
family equality is anything but over. Situations like these are
reminders about the importance of our work, and motivate me to
fight even harder for our families.